Disclaimer: I haven’t played every single game in the series, so I’ll only be focusing on the main ones. I’m a big fan of the games, so I’m pretty sure I’ve played all the main series games, and some were definitely better than others. How would I rank them all?
11 – Unity
This game almost killed my love for the franchise.
The story itself isn’t even that good to begin with – I never found myself rooting for any of the characters – but it’s the sheer amount of bugs and glitches that really annoyed me. The game is barely playable (maybe they’ve updated it since, but when I played this game it was a mess)
10 – Rogue
Probably the most controversial opinion on this list, and to be honest it doesn’t sit well with me either.
After “Black Flag” I was itching for more, so when I heard about this game I was all in. Maybe it was franchise fatigue, but I got a real sense of “been there, done that” for this game. I probably need to give this another go in the future, but for now it’s one of my least favourite entries in the franchise.
9 – Assassin’s Creed
I really want to give the original title some more love, but if I’m being fair then I have to say – this is a pretty average game in hindsight.
The actual story is incredibly intriguing and would form the backbone of the franchise, but the game mechanics are limited. After you play AC 2 onwards, it’s quite hard to go back to this one. Still, a good game nonetheless.
8 – Syndicate
Similarly to “Black Flag” and “Rogue”, I felt a bit of franchise fatigue after “Unity”. That’s actually quite unfortunate, as even though this is admittedly a good game, I never really got into it. This is one of those games (like “Rogue”) where if I played it again I’d probably rank it higher.
7 – Revelations
The final game in the Ezio trilogy … and it was a slightly disappointing one.
The core game itself is still good (apart from those annoying tower defense level things), but the whole game just felt like it was lacking compared to the previous two games. Maybe it’s because the story isn’t as strong? I honestly don’t know, all I do know is that this is the weakest of the three.
6 – Assassin’s Creed III
I was so excited when this got announced – it just looked like the coolest game ever.
The game itself is pretty fun, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been. It also doesn’t help that Ezio, the fan favourite character of the last three games, isn’t in this one, so as a result the game feels like it’s missing a stand-out protagonist.
5 – Assassin’s Creed II
Now we get to the really good stuff, and “Assassin’s Creed 2” was when the franchise shot to superstardom.
Ezio is an amazing main character, the the game world itself feels more realised then it’s predecessor. The first game was kind of cool, but this was the game that properly got me into the franchise.
4 – Origins
I was sceptical when they announced a soft reboot of the franchise, and I even got this game when it came out and hated it.
I replayed it a year later, and it blew my mind. The new approach to combat is what the franchise needed, and the open world was incredible. In hindsight, there’s a lot more that this game could have done (especially when compared to “Odyssey”), but it was a great way to reboot the series.
3 – Brotherhood
This is hands down the game I’ve replayed the most in the series, it was so much fun.
It expands upon the previous game in every way, and the inclusion of that menu full of assassination targets (sorry, I can’t remember what it’s called) was a nice way to show progress. Some of the side missions were amazing too, like helping Leonardo Da Vinci with his various inventions. Such a great game that gives me a whole heap of nostalgia.
2 – Black Flag
I was wondering if the series was possibly getting a bit stale after “Assassin’s Creed III”, but then this game came almost out of nowhere.
I never thought a pirate / assassin hybrid would amount to one of my favourite games ever, but it was so fun being able to plunder ships whilst assassinating targets along the way.
This would easily be my favourite of the series if it wasn’t for the naval combat. It’s definitely really cool and fun at times, but there are some annoying moments with it that let the game down.
1 – Odyssey
As I mentioned before, I really liked how “Brotherhood” had a list of people you had to kill, so when “Odyssey” introduced all the members of the Cult of Kosmos I practically creamed myself.
The combat here is even better than in “Origins”, and everything from the previous game has been improved. Now side missions weren’t just go here, kill that – now we get moral choices that can affect the outcome of the mission, and incredible battles against some of Greek mythology’s deadliest foes.
I never played the DLC from this game, but after doing this list and talking about how fun this was I’ve decided I have to go back and play it again – this time in it’s entirety. “Valhalla” can’t come around soon enough.
Aaaaand that’s my list. Check out some of my other lists below:
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